Wednesday, September 17, 2014

eARC Review: Red Dirt Heart #2 by NR Walker

Red Dirt Heart 2 (Red Dirt #2)
by N.R. Walker

Published August 18th 2014

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.
Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.
Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away - yet seems helpless to stop it.
When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.

When asked to review Red Dirt Heart #2 I did not even blink. I fell in love with Charlie and Travis in the first book, I just fell more for them with this second installment.

This second book opens after a few months of living and working together and just like honeymoons, real life angst and worries creep into the relationship and test the men. Their love is stubbornly strong but that goes against and for them in equal ways.

For Charlie, his stubbornness may just be his downfall. Having been sort of brainwashed by his
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father to keep the pain and whatever else nonsensical macho egotistical logic invented, he does fall into the trap of finding the pain, keeping it and kicking everyone else out of their lives. It nearly drowns Travis but his patience and understanding is quite elastic and it makes him a veritable saint to the stupidity of Charlie. When real life and the immigration comes into the picture, Charlie realizes that he either has to face up and be the man or face up and be the stupid gook. His choice will make or break both him and Travis.

The blurb and my simple recount of the events unfolding here may sound uber-dramatic and angsty worthy of an Oscar but really it is not. What the author did was to make us readers see the humanity of both men, especially Charlie. His character is now solidified in my opinion and made me love him even more. Travis' patience and loving cutesy ways endeared him even more to me. We read through their pain of living within a relationship and working things out even if most times they are frustrated. We read how frustrating it could be to accept somebody else in life, live with them and learn to compromise to make the life easier. I just treasure this read for it now makes their fairy-tale romance more romantic than it already is. Add in the comedy of errors and the longest lashes ever found on a pair of brown eyes, yes, this was humorous as well.

For those who loved Red Dirt Heart #1, this is the perfect read.

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Review: Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker

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